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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Some people feel that explaining why one group dominates another does what?
(a) Justifies the domination
(b) Creates more questions
(c) Makes individuals mad
(d) Complicates race relations

2. Where did the Maori live?
(a) Tazmania
(b) Easter Island
(c) New Zealand
(d) Hawaii

3. What is true of the first farmers in many areas as compared to the hunters and gatherers?
(a) They worked fewer hours
(b) They had fewer diseases
(c) They died younger
(d) They were better nourished

4. Because of its axis, food production spread more rapidly in which of the following?
(a) Southwest Asia
(b) Greenland
(c) The Americas
(d) Africa

5. Which large mammal was found in Australia about the time humans arrived?
(a) Lions
(b) Wholly mammoth
(c) Giant kangaroo
(d) Saber tooth tigers

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the transition to food production not happen earlier?

2. The axis of a continent does not affect the spread of what?

3. Diamond argues that wealth and power are distributed unevenly because what developed at different times?

4. What is one explanation that Diamond gives for why food production didn't begin earlier in some ecologically better areas?

5. Who killed and enslaved the Moriori in the Chatham Islands?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three basic strategies for writing systems?

2. What is surprising about where food production developed early?

3. Where did food production develop independently?

4. Why are the societies of Asia and the Pacific important according to Diamond?

5. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

6. How do inventions spread between societies?

7. What are the four linguistic families found in China?

8. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

9. Why does Diamond believe that China was once more diverse than it is now?

10. Where did writing develop and what was it like?

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